we are probably familiar with how to use a hyphen with sentences, but i thought it would be refreshing to break down three ways to use a hyphen with words. why? because WORDS MATTER. (just kidding. i mean, words DO matter, but that statement has nothing to do with hyphens.)
let's move on, shall we?!
below are three ways to use a hyphen with words (and numbers):
- use a hyphen to omit the word "through."for example, when writing a range of numbers in a text message or other informal writings, it's acceptable to write "17 - 33," instead of "17 through 33." see, how the hyphen can replace or omit the word "through?"
- use a hyphen in certain compound words. as far as knowing which compound words are hyphenated, spell check and grandfather google can help you out with that information. however, a few examples of hyphenated compound words are check-in, follow-up and part-time.
- use a hyphen in compound nouns. (a compound noun includes a noun and a prepositional phrase.) examples of compound nouns are sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and jack-in-the-box.
i hope these grammar tips help.
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